ANKARA 

At least 33 Turkish soldiers were martyred and 36 others injured in an airstrike by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Idlib, northwestern Syria, a Turkish official said late Thursday.

“There are critically wounded [people, following the attack,] and they are being treated at hospitals,” Rahmi Dogan, the governor of the Turkish southern Hatay province, told Anadolu Agency.

While the initial number of the martyrs was nine, it first rose to 22 and then to 33 in the following hours.

In a later statement, Dogan said there are also several injured soldiers receiving treatment at hospitals.

Following the attack, Turkish

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